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Applied Design, Skills and Technology

New ADST Curriculum

The new Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies (ADST) curriculum is an experiential, hands-on program of learning through design and creation. The ability to design and make, acquire skills as needed, and apply technologies is important in the world today and a key aspect of educating citizens for the future.

ADST Courses are organized around a set of Big Ideas. These big ideas represent what students will understand at the completion of the curriculum for their grade. They are intended to endure beyond a single grade and contribute to future understanding.

The Big Ideas at the Grade 9 & 10 level are:

  • Social, ethical, and sustainability considerations impact design.
  • Complex tasks require the sequencing of skills.
  • Complex tasks require different technologies and tools at different stages.

Further ADST Courses share a set of Curricular Competencies. These Competencies are the skills, strategies, and processes that students develop over time. The Curricular Competencies are organized under three headings:

Applied Design

  • Reflects the general stages of designing and making, with further sub-divisions for greater detail.

Applied Skills

  • Demonstrate an awareness of precautionary and emergency safety procedures in both physical and digital environments
  • Identify the skills and skill levels needed, individually or as a group, in relation to specific projects, and develop and refine them as needed

Applied Technologies

  • Choose, adapt, and if necessary learn about appropriate tools and technologies to use for tasks
  • Evaluate the personal, social, and environmental impacts, including unintended negative consequences, of the choices they make about technology use
  • Evaluate how the land, natural resources, and culture influence the development and use of tools and technologies​